My top Mexcian restaurant so far in London. It does good authentic food, although for a bit bigger of a price tag than I'm used to for what it is (unsurprisingly as I come from the Chicago area which has a plethora of Mexican restaurants). We had the quesadilla appetizer and then tried both the al pastor and conchinita pibil tacos, which were all nicely done with no frills.
My only complaint was my michelada was dark from a heavy dose of Worcestershire sauce, much more than I'm used to.
Been away from the US for 18yrs....this is the best Mexican food in London. I have traveled the world and this is a slice of Mexico in the middle of London!
Came for the after tequila club for a leaving do. Had to stand awkwardly by the bar, in the way of the loos. Ten of us had three drinks each and the 'complimentary tapas', as promised on the menu, was two small dishes of tortilla and guacamole. Two. That was it. For two hours. And we had to chase. Very disappointing.
We loved Mestizo so much we ate here twice on our six-day vacation. I intend that to be a heavy-hitting statement; we never repeat restaurants on vacations so as to try as much as possible. But Mestizo was just SO good! Namely, the molcajete mestizo dish is pretty mind-blowing. And while a few aspects of our meals were 'eh', that one dish was just so great that this is a 5-star restaurant for sure.
The molcajete mestizo is meat simmering in spicy red sauce, with some cheese, onion, and avocado... all of it in veritable cauldron made of volcanic rock. The meat was plentiful and delicious, the sauce wonderfully thick and tasty, and the whole of it excellent when wrapped in corn tortillas. Seriously huge portion. We also tried and enjoyed the chicken flautas (truly delicious) and the guacamole (okay).
The eh parts included the servers' ongoing reluctance to give tap water, the drinks being a bit pricy, and the tables being close together. But again, the good so outweighs the bad that these complaints seem petty.
A pleasant ambiance, to boot.
So I've heard a lot about this place, but it was an overall disappointment. Been meaning to come here for a while now.
On the food: it's good. Some of it is stellar, but it's also a bit of a let-down. Some of the best molé I've had in years over chewy chicken and beef, with nary a vegetable to mix is up. And old, stale, corn tortillas.
The service was similarly quixotic, fluctuating between over-attentive and under-attentive.
And there was glass in my friend's mouth. She ended up bleeding from finger and mouth, and while the staff were apologetic, even giving us a bottle of wine (which we didn't particularly want), they didn't make it right.
I can't work out what Mestizo wants to be: if it wants to be a party haven, with flights of tequila tasting, bringing Mexican street food top the fore, a cocktail bar, or what. It's good food, expensive for what you get, but one is constantly let down.
The decor is perhaps a bit offensive as well: twee stereotypical modern light-up "Mayan" carvings and televisions playing an endless loop of the Mexican version of "Visit Britain" commercials. Distracting.
I really wanted to like this place - but I just couldn't at the end. It might have the best molé sauce this side of the Atlantic - and I'm sure there will be several parts of meals as good, but it drops the ball in too many other areas.
Quality Mexican food in London is hard to find, until you get to Mestizo. The food is delicious and the drinks are strong and tasty. I've been here twice and have not been disappointed. The first visit was quite a few months ago and I had the enchiladas mole and although there was quite a lot of sauce, it was cooked without fault.
More recently, I went without knowing that there was a "Chile Festival" on meaning the main menu wasn't being served. I'm not a chile fan (seeing as I can't handle spicy foods) so passed on much of it, but was still able to have a good meal. We started with a selection of empanadas - there were 3 types - cheese, mushroom and one with meat. They were all very nice. Then we had a taco selection tray for two - so much food! We had a selection of meats - pork, beef and chicken, prepared differently. My favorite was one of the pork fillings, very tasty and tender. I could only eat about 3 until I was completely stuffed.
Then there are the drinks. Delicious margaritas. Done.
Mole Mole Mole!! I absolutely love Mexican Mole sauce. It's sweet, tangy, rich and spicy...honestly, what's not to love. Until very recently, I had no idea that this delectable, delightful and unrivaled Mexican speciality even existed in London.....and then I came across Mestizo. Forget Chipotle burritos and quesadillas from Wahaca, Mestizo is as authentic as Mexican food gets in London. Ok, so it may not rival California's Mexican cuisine, but we must keep in mind that we are 5,000 miles away. What I can attest to is that the menu features a vast range of specialties - the first that i've seen in London - from Mole Poblano and Mole Verde (sooooo good!), to Enchiladas, Empanadas, Flautas, Jaladas, Al Pastor tacos, Tamales, and their house specialty, the Molcajete Mestizo bowl. My self-professed "Mexican food-obsessed" British friends hadn't even heard of half of these dishes! Needless to say, they loved each and every one..yeah, we tried them all - it was educational dining after all!
We washed our food down with a round of Margaritas which were devilishly strong and massive by London standards. The drinks menu also boasts "skinny margaritas," so if you're on a diet, fear not, you can still indulge - although, I can't say the same for the rest of the menu!
I was delighted by the extensive salsa menu as well...you can get everything from pico de gallo to salsa verde, habanero, poblano and chipotle sauces. I was literally in a state of mouth burning euphoria that I haven't experienced since my last visit to Gus' Lunch Box in Silverlake (Los Angeles transplants will know what i'm talking about here).
There are only 2 major things that I can fault Mestizo on (hence the 4 stars): tortilla chips and white wine. Their tortilla chips are served cold and I can't be fooled here - this isn't right. I have yet to find anywhere in London that sells the piping hot, straight-out-of-the-fryer bad boys that are a staple back home. Note to the owner: hot chips would go down really really well! Secondly, their house wine was pretty disgusting. They only offer one white by the glass and it was bland, lackluster and incapable of holding up to the flavors and spices of the menu... but I guess the solution could always be sticking to the margaritas!
All in all, Mestizo is a winner in my books. They've got Mole, Enchiladas and Tamales......i'm sold!
Authentic Mexican food - I'm kicking myself for not trying this place sooner. The one thing I miss the most about living in California is the Mexican food. And finally, we've found the spot to get our fix in London.
Went for the Sunday all you can eat brunch today. Everything was delicious:
- They have a taco/quesadilla station where they will hook you up with whatever fillings you want.
- There is a soup station with several choices including my fave pozule.
- The tamales are yum!
- There is also a whole buffet table lined up with all kinds of tasty mexican dishes. I was really impressed by their mole sauce which is really I only know a few places even in Los Angeles that gets it right. The chicken with verde sauce was another favorite - great scooped in warm corn tortillas
- Corn tortillas!!!
- Horchata: They also brought us a big pitcher for the table to share of this typical Mexican sweet rice milk drink with vanilla and cinnamon.
There is also a couple deserts available. I managed to eat a bit of flan and a vanilla/passion fruit cake.
The Sunday brunch buffet is £20 per person but well worth it especially if you go hungry and stuff your face. You won't need to eat again for the rest of the day. Go home and take a siesta after your meal :)
Service was wonderful too. The staff were friendly and it was so nice to hear folks speaking Spanish.
This is my new favorite spot for Mexican food in London!
Mestizo is the best Mexican restaurant in London.
Sadly the quality comes at a price, but they have a variety of excellent dishes and a bar downstairs with a taqueria attached.
Staff are friendly, service is good, food is great and you generally come away feeling quite satisfied.
Mestizo has been on my Tequila Tuesday list since I employed the great knowledge of local Yelpers in coming up with a list of places to go, and I was pleased when a friend suggested it as the spot for our most recent dinner and drinks night.
The first impression I had of Mestizo was that it smelled amazing. Absolutely, the atmosphere, smells included, is one of the great things about the restaurant. The decorations are colourful and engaging, and the service staff is attentive throughout the entire dining experience. I think we even had the pleasure to speak with the manager that night, as I asked about some of the menu options.
Speaking of, their menu is elaborate, extensive and authentic--definitely anyone can find something they will like at Mestizo. They offer a Happy Hour deal too, which includes a small tapas for the table. That was a nice touch.
My meal was the Enchiladas Cancun with a Coco Loco to drink, and both were quite nice. They weren't as spicy as I like--my palette is quite ruined by the heat of Tex-Mex in the States. At the same time, they were definitely authentic Mexican and certainly flavourful.
For all your Mexican needs, I'd recommend Mestizo. They have lots of options, and are pleased to work with you to make the meal an enjoyable experience
Service outstanding and food even better! The food was the most authentic Mexican food I have ever had in London. I highly recommend this restaurant!
i came here with my wife, bro-in-law and his soon to be fiance (though neother of them knew at the time!) in December 2011.
After a quick drink at the bar, we sat down to some fantastic food.
Alas, i dont remember what food I had, but I do remember sampling a lot of their quality tequilas.
Like any alcoholic drink, if you drink crap, youre not going to really enjoy it. The tequila here, like that in San Diego, Californa, and Mexico itself is quality and easily drinkable.
The service here was also really good, and they staff not minding my broken attempts to speak Spanish :D
I would definitely come back here.
YES. yes! yes! I feel like one of those shampoo commercials, but this place made me love eating Mexican again. Jaladas, tacos, tres leches! TAMALES! I could just continue to write menu items with varying degree of excitement, but the fact is, it's all exciting.
My BFF Bertha always told me, never trust a Mexican place that doesn't have Mexicans working at it, and alas, the sign on the wall welcomed my eyes with "We don't speak English but we promise to not make fun of your Spanish".
I need to go back for the weekend brunch deal... honestly I want to live here... they even have jarritos! Make a booking online, it seemed to fill up quicker than we had anticipated.. Also, they have a gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free menu... so if you're with a picky eater, you can't go wrong.
If you love Mexican or just want to try out some real authentic food then this is the perfect place. I've only been once but it was a great experience. The service was spot on, whenever we needed recommendations a staff member was ready to help. I have to say though, I didn't really like the mole sauce (I am not a huge fan of dark chocolate) but it was my mistake for thinking that for that night only my taste buds would appreciate it. But really loved the starters I had and the Margarita's. It's a small restaurant but I would really recommend it to anyone.
I'm always up for trying new Mexican restaurants in London. Maybe it's become an obsession, but I feel like I'm trying to find as many delicious Mexican restaurants to fulfill my American need for Mexican, and to prove some friends wrong that there are actually good places for Mexican across the pond.
Well, I had an American friend in town, and we decided to get some delicious food. Since I had previous been to my favorite Mexican in town a few days earlier, we opted to try something new. Mestizo was that place. Plus, as it turned out randomly, they were just starting their special Chile Pepper Festival menu.
So we ordered a pitcher of margaritas (which we found quite funny that they had to tell us that on the rocks was an extra £2, then coming back and telling us it was actually an extra £4), some guacamole, empanadas, and two orders of the Ancho Chile and Pork rellenos. The margaritas were good, I've had better, and I've definitely had worse. Next time, I think I might go for the sangria.
To start out, the tortilla chips. Meh. Kinda stale, so they'd been around a little while. Doubtful they're made in house, but it's possible. If they are, I don't know why they wouldn't make them to order, and give you a nice warm bowl of tortilla chips (they do it in the states, it can't be hard to do it in the UK). They do give (albeit a small amount of) complimentary chips and salsa. With some rather disappointing and flavorless salsa. The guacamole was alright, nothing special. I can make better at home. It was missing something, garlic perhaps? Maybe a bit of cilantro (coriander to UK folks)? I don't know. The empanadas were okay as well. To be honest, after the starters (and the starter menu wasn't too impressive to boot), I was a bit worried.
However, the mains were amazing. The rellenos were full of flavor, and the pork was succulent. Both of us were quite impressed. The beans on the side were good, the rice, strangely, was pretty much just basmati rice. Which was a bit weird, but with the ancho chile sauce, I ate it all!
We then decided to split the tres leches cake and have some Mestizo coffee. Both of which were delicious. Actually my dining companion kept pointing at her coffee and saying it was delicious. She was quite impressed with the level of food we had here.
So a full on four-start joint. So why only three stars? I don't know. I originally wanted to give four, but the atmosphere of the place was a bit of a letdown. It just didn't feel like a fun place to go with a group of friends and enjoy some delicious Mexican. More like a quiet few friends Mexican joint. I wish Yelp gave half stars, I'd definitely go with a 3.5.
On a fun note, they give out recipe cards containing the recipes for all the rellenos during the Chile Pepper festival! So go now and get some rellenos and recipes. They apparently also have a Tamales festival, an Enchiladas festival, and a Mole festival. I'll definitely be back during all of them to try out their special menus. I may even go back and try again. Maybe I can find a starter I really like. However, if I had a large group of friends, or even a small group of friends who like to have a raucous time, I'll be hitting up one of the other Mexican joints in town.
They also have an extensive Tequila tasting menu, if that's your thing. I saw a lot of people with the flights of Tequila on their table.
Very good food. In fact, it's the best Mexican I've been to in London. And unlike quite a few comments here, great service too. We went in unsure what to order and we were given some great recommendations. The salsas all seemed to be home made. Very fresh. Will definately be going back.
I've been sitting on this review for quite some time in the hopes that my opinion will have softened with the passage of time, but it hasn't. I had high hopes after having passed this relatively newly opened place on my way to the airport to spend 4 months away from London, and researching it while waiting to board my plane.
By the time I returned to London this place had been reviewed a few times and had received quite glowing praise. I thought to myself, "wow, wouldn't that be great if I found some decent Mexican food close to me?"
Well, when I finally made it here I realized I didn't. In fact I think this is the worst rendition of mexican food I've had here so far.
I ordered the tacos al pastor and tamales. Tamales weren't of the california variety (wide and fat , lot's of meat and lot's of masa), nor the texas variety (little round things). They were kind of in the middle, wide and flat, without much meat and the masa didn't fully cover the meat. I'm completely convinced that the reheating of the tamales I was served was done by a microwave instead of steaming. Having grown up eating freshly steamed tamales on the holidays and then having leftovers the following days there are times I couldn't be bothered to re-steam. The resulting tamales end up a bit chewy and the edges get tough and maybe even a bit crunchy. This is fine if you smother them with salsa and know that this is what you will be getting. However, that's not what I was expecting here.
As far as the tacos go, the tortillas were horrible and I would swear the al pastor was smothered in MSG. It was bad enough that I just stopped eating them. I wasn't full, I just couldn't stomach another bite even when washing it down with my negra modelo.
To top this all off, the service was horrible (and the restaurant almost empty at the time), and the food's not cheap. Suffice it to say that I won't be going back.
If you're after a Mexican restaurant in London with a proper, varied menu containing actual Mexican food, then Mestizo is your place.
Planning on having dinner in the area wedged between Euston and Camden before a gig one night, I figured it was as good a time as any to finally try out this rather contested London Mexican joint. No, I did not hyphenate that. I did not mean London-Mexican, a cuisine of Mexican inspiration but ultimately London origin. I meant Mexican food in London. Because that's what this is. As close to proper Mexican food in London as you're going to get. Forget burritos.
I unknowingly came during a week-long chile relleno festival, which was fortuitous, as chile relleno is my favourite Mexican dish. However, this meant that the regularly vast menu was not available, and my companion was forced to choose from the comparatively limited selection of mostly chile-relleno-inspired dishes.
Hey ho. Sucks to be him.
I got a chile relleno with black bean sauce. The sauce was completely delicious, and the chile relleno was more than I had hoped for, so bereft I've been of Mexican food over the last several years. The meal came with actual corn tortillas, a mighty treat. It also came with some black beans and rice on the side, which were, I admit, not so great. But the main meal, fantastic. Really, truly. I also got some guacamole to start, and it was refreshing and prepared as I would expect it to be, which was refreshing in itself compared to all the horrible guacamole atrocities I've been subject to in this town.
As for the service, it was stellar during my visit. The server was attentive (some of a more British disposition might say overly so) and honest. When my dining companion unadventurously asked if the chicken nacho starter would be big enough as a main, she replied that it would. However, she made a face and said, 'But, well, you could get nachos at the cinema.' He thought this rather rude, but I thought it merely an interesting way of suggesting that he get something else while not actually saying his choice was wrong. Most other servers in London restaurants would just take your ill-judged nacho order and bring your disappointing meal to you with a pathetic little clatter on the table as the plate of tortilla chips covered in cheese comes to a stop in front of you, your Mexican meal of dubious origin.
The costs are high here, but we're not exactly living on the border of Mexico, so you should probably stop complaining. Me? I'll pay £20 for some tamales and margaritas any day of the week. Happily.
I was over the moon when I opened the menu at Mestizo and saw not UK Mexican, or American-Mexican, but Mexican Mexican ... Mole! Cochinita pibil! Street style tacos not deep-fried, greasy and hard-shelled, but made with fresh, soft corn tortillas and served not heaped with sour cream but with a sprinkle of chopped cilantro and onion.
I love the fresco, authentico (my Spanish is impressive, i know) take on Mexican cuisine, served by staff who know the menu and are happy to answer if you have questions. If you're looking for greasy, deep-fried and fatty, you'll be disappointed. If you're looking for cheap - price and/or ingredients - you'll also be disappointed.
Now for specifics. I've tried the above-mentioned tacos (cochinita pibil and carnitas), the tamales (pollo and queso/peppers) and the enchiladas (potato and cheese).
The slow roasted pork was divine, the corn tortillas savory and of excellent texture and flavor (nothing worse than a piece of cardboard masquerading as a corn tortilla). The carnitas weren't mind blowing, but I have a long history of dislike for carnitas meat, which always feels tough and chewy to me (nothing like the juicy and melt-in-your-mouth cochinita).
The tamales were on the appetizer section, and you get two that could be mixed and matched between a selection of three. I definitely preferred the queso y raja; the chicken mix wasn't too flavorful and bit too "wet" for a tamale stuffer. The masa was a bit loose for my preference but the taste was spot on.
The potato and cheese enchiladas were excellent, a nice portion --- though it looked small at first I couldn't finish it in the end. The side of refried black beans on the side were freaking delicious. I prefer pinto but these were just as savory.
I have to say the tortilla chips and salsa waiting for us on the table were the most disappointing of the meal. Too hard, definitely homemade in house, but didn't feel or taste very fresh. The salsa was thin and spicy, but not much flavor to that either.
To avoid ending on a downer, I'll make a note about the tequila selection, if that's your thing. If you've only ever had Jose Cuervo, by god get down to this place and get a tequila taster or attend one of their tequila education courses/tastings.
This is a charming Mexican place and I wanted to give it 4 or 5 stars the first time I ate here, but have downgraded it to 3 stars. Bleh food and slow service will do that to a review. Service on the Thursday before Good Friday was a bit painful (mostly regarding drinks). The waiter was as quick as helpful as he could be, but it was still not fun. The tequila selection is pretty outstanding though the cocktails can sometimes be too watered down.
Now onto the food.
Mestizo is pretty decent if you know what to order. The complimentary (seriously in London!) chips and salsa are a great way to start off the meal. Guacamole is decent though the second time we ordered it, it could have been more well seasoned. The queso fundido is a fun, cheesy dip appetiser. I shared the taco tray last time and the toppings were generous and the carnitas (pork), pollo pibil (chicken), and arrachera (beef) tasty. The molcajete mestizo (chicken and beef sorta stew) was also rich, well spiced and filling.
However, the ceviche has mediocre, probably frozen shrimp which is the opposite of what you'd want for a raw seafood dish. The lamb chip - chuleta de cordero - was also gamey tasting with a seasoning that was quite sweet in a not delightful manner.
Good Mexican is hard to find in London so I'd try this place if I was really craving something, but I'll know what to order next time!
this is just a review of their mexican thursday event down at the bar:
Cheap beer and cheap tacos of a variety of types, it was a little bit crowded but the music was, according to some mexican friends of mine, very good feeling. If you want a little slice of mexico in London, come here.
For some reason, the coronas tasted better than I've had elsewhere (maybe it was just as the perfect temperature). The tacos they had were more like the tacos I used to have back in California than anywhere else I've been to. I've had 'proper' mexican food here (wahaca), but it doesn't deliver the authentic flavour that I had here. At Mestizo you get a little bit of the grime that makes true mexican food taste like home
Oh blessed be you, Mestizo. With your huge menu, delicious margaritas and best of all choices of plates served in, wait for it.... mole sauce! I LOVE mole sauce and they have 3 or 4 dishes you can choose with it's yummy goodness. Seriously the menu is great, you got to try it out for yourself.
It's just the best Mexican food I've found here in London, and if I think of my favorite place for Mexican back in NYC I know if they were side-by-side I'd have to be the peace keeper and alternate between the two!
Hmmm... downsides as every place undoubtedly has, true it is kind of in the middle of nowhere, but it's a short walk from the tube, so we can go eat there and then head off somewhere else if needs be. The bathrooms are located downstairs, which also happens to be a latino-style dance club. I ain't go no issue with latino music and getting jiggy with it, but when all I want to do is go to the loo, it's kind of awkwardley planned to have to go through the middle of the dance floor to get there.
Lastly, the last 2 times we've been there, we had this waitress who could make vampira chilly. I was tempted a bit to lower the rating just on the fact that this waitress couldn't force a smile on her face if her life depended on it.... but with all the good food and the margaritas flowing, we had more than enough fun and smiles around our table that we just ignored her. Everyone else I have encountered there was pleasant if not downright jolly, so hopefully it will rub off on here someday!
I have to start saying we were about 20 Mexicans sitting on a table, arriving one at a time, attending a very looong meeting.
For over an hour, we were waiting for all to arrive and started the meeting without ordering a single thing (except for water, agua de Jamaica para mí!). Let me tell you: as a Mexican in London, sitting in a Mexican restaurant, all you want to do is get cracking with the food you miss so much! That is, after you've finished those free totopos (tortilla chips) with really nice sauces (which by the way, happen to be free in most restaurants in Mexico -either that or bread, to start you off).
And so, I ordered tacos de cochinita pibil. I could've gone for other things, but with those prices, hell no! The tacos were nice, a bit small, had lovely black beans spread on the tortilla and they were very tasty. I had them both in two bites. Then I realised they were actually cold, but it was too late to complain, especially after having been sat on a 20 people table with only a few ordering food. Our mistake. Well, no: the-person-conducting-the-meeting's mistake.
Anyways, in a few words: Mexican indeed, but too expensive. I'd rather build my craving for Mexican food and wait until I'm back in Mexico -or go to Lupita.
WARNING FOR "BURRITO" PEOPLE
Now, please, if you're looking for burritos, just don't bother. a) that's not Mexican (it's a US thing that we Mexicans actually dislike) and b) they'll probably be horrible and not what you expect at all. You've been warned, so no moaning about nasty burritos (I don't know if they even have them on the menu, but just in case).
TEQUILA! If you want it, they got...and it's muy delicioso! (very delicious for the non-Spanish speakers). Not only that, but they have some serious burritos. I have to say though that may favourite burrito is definitely the Chicken Tinga. Nice taste, good spicy kick to it. Oh yeah, did I mention that the burritos here at Mestizo are MASSIVE! I dare you to go hungry after eating here.
Their home made guacamole has to be teetering on being the best in London...and that's saying a lot! Love coming here for lunch as well as the after work tequila tasting. Their selection of tequila is even bigger than the burritos!
I am only reviewing the take-away burrito.
The burrito was a bit on the lean side - definitely not full of deliciousness like I've experienced at Chilango or Benito's Hat. The burrito was not foil-wrapped, but instead chucked into a styrofoam container with some stale tortilla chips. Perhaps not an issue, but given that it's about 2C outside, someone should have been thinking of this. A very poor rendition of guacamole (very watery, very acidic) was served on the side rather than inside the burrito.
I won't be going back here for a take-away burrito until someone more adventurous than I goes back and reports a better experience.
Terrible terrible Mexican food! Overpriced!!! I had the pescadillos (sp) for my starter, and hated it. I then got the "king" prawn and rice entree... for £16 what i got was frozen shrimp and white rice and some carrots. If it at least tasted good, it wouldnt have been so bad. It sucked!!!
I give one star because the magaritas were awesome!! I came during happy hour so I got two for one. However, because I couldn't eat any of the food (did i mention i didnt bother eating my £30 meal) I felt woozy after barely finishing my first drink.
This is the best Mexican food I have had in London. It is simply delicious .... Also if you like tequila .. this place is heaven .....
Check out Thursday night, they have live DJ and nice tacos in their basement. Their music is very groovylicioussssssssssss....... It is very enjoyable ....
I will surely be back for more.
Californian girl here says it's good! In fact, I'd probably give it 5 stars if it fit more closely with my student budget. The Molcajete Mestizo was lovely. They even gave both corn and flour tortillas just cause I asked.
Definitely the best Mexican in london. If you love your tortillas and Mexican spices, head this way.
This place was recommended to us by a woman we met at a restaurant at London who had grown up in Los Angeles with a Mexican family. She said Mestizo was the best Mexican food she'd found in London, and we found it to be great.
Overwhelmed by all of the options on the menu we decided to try something new: a "hot pot"-like dish with meat, cheese, and veggies. It was served in a scalding-hot stone pot and was the perfect antidote to the cold outside.
Tequila lovers will enjoy the bar with a huge menu of blanco, reposado, and anejo tequilas. They'll even make you a bandera, a drink with three shots: red sangrita, white tequila, and green lime juice.
As a minor note, their tortilla chips could use a bit of work. Looking forward to going back and trying the rest of their menu.
Gluten-free notes: The corn tortillas are not normally made with the usual masa harina and salt -- they are normally made with some wheat flour as well. But they will kindly make you your own gluten-free, corn-only tortillas. Awesome.
Been here twice for weekday lunches and don't have any complaints. The cheaper lunch set is quite substantial in itself and very very tasty. There's even a credit crunch drink special where you can get a soft drink for £1. Me, I've opted for Pacifico beer each time I've come. It tastes like Sol and Corona (aka the girly beers) for those of you taking notes.
Service has been so-so. Not surly but not terribly friendly either.
Still, the food is good, and the after-work tequila club looks tempting, so I'll be back.
As a continental European without any serious experience in Mexican food I can't really tell you whether the food there lives up to Mexican standards.
We had Molcajete 'MESTIZO'. I liked it although it won't become my favorite mexican dish. Tacos forever! :) Besides it felt quite pricey... On average 6 GBP for Tacos and main courses start at 11 up to 20 GBP. Not really a place for students to go.
Staff was super attentive and helpful - maybe it was a slow Sunday evening with few customers.
Mestizo serves a delicious range of Mexican food from Tacos with guacamole, beans, pico de gallo, salsa roja/ verde and sour cream, to Enchiladas (to only name a few).
The food was good, very filling and we had a huge platter of different meats and sauces with piles of hot tacos. However, I can't quite say the atmosphere was all that great in comparison. Because there was a group of us, a table was booked in their downstairs dining room, which felt quite detached from the main hub of the restaurant. For a Mexican restaurant you sort of expect a more vibrant, lively experience. The only thing 'vibrant' and 'lively' here were the fire engine red walls which contrasted greatly with the bright white seating. There is a downstairs bar/ lounge area, which, unlike the upstairs, is a little bit better designed, where the use of the red doesn't seem as offensive.
I think a downside is its location being on Hampstead Road as this means that it's away from the more bustling parts of town, and a place like this should be in an area where there is more of an abundance of life!
Set in a strange area of town, which feels a bit like no mans land between Camden and Centre Point you probally wouldn't take a trek across town to get here.
Saying that, I came here for a quiet bite with a friend and had an enjoyable time. However for a Mexican I was expecting a slightly jollier time. I found the Deco a bit mainstream and it didn't feel traditionally mexican at all.
The food was very good, I wasn't that hungry so i just had Guacamole and Tortilla chips to starter and washed it down with a bottle of wine. This place doesn't ooze character, its more for the slightly conservative suited and booted Londoners who need a starting point before hitting a club. I had a little boogie in the club downstairs, but was ready to leave after an hour.
It's as good as Taqueria, and I loves me some Taqueria.
All my Mexican friends in London LOVE this place.
The carnitas tacos are quite possibly the best that I've ever had, and I lived in San Francisco's Mission District for 12 years. They're so good, they make me wanna cry. And sometimes you just need to treat yourself to a good cry.
Went there with a Mexican friend who said it was the most Mexican place he has found in London, and it was very nice.
It is quite a strange location for a restaurant as you have not much going on around it. We stopped there as we were walking down from Camden;
I liked the decor;
The staff was very accommodating has we had not reserved, and they were all booked. We had the tacos tray, lovely!!! Everything was delicious, could not have enough of it!
I went here for the Sunday brunch today.
There's some quite negative comments about service/attitude below but that's certainly not the experience I had. Maybe it was different as the brunch is buffet based so we weren't getting served at our table, but I'd never had some of the food on offer before so needed some help. The guy on the soup / taco / fajita counter was happy to advise, he brought our food over to the table rather than make us wait at the counter, and made several personal recommendations as to what I should have next.
The food - my experience of Mexican is burritos, fajitas and tacos so there was a lot of stuff here I hadn't had before and its all great. Probably the best was spinach enchilada, the black beans, or the courgette cake but I'd have it all again. And great value £19.99 per head for as much food as you want plus one beer or glass of wine, and unlimited soft drinks.
Being from California, I'm very picky about my Mexican. This truly is the best Mexican you can get in the UK or even Europe. They also have amazing cocktails and THE best caramel crepe dessert. I had to eat 2 in a row, which has never happened.
Oh yeah, the service wasn't that great. The waitress was not friendly, but oh well can't win 'em all
I'm a big fan of authentic Mexican food, and it was a great relief to find that there was somewhere else to go after El Mercado in Stoke Newington revised its menu to suit people more used to TexMex.
TexMex is fine for lunch, but if I'm going for dinner I'd prefer to have a proper meal. Mestizo usually delivers on this level for me.
While cuitlacoche/huitlacoche (corn fungus) is dissapointingly not on the menu, a lot of good Mole's (sauces) are, and the starters are quite good too.
I can recommend the Sopa de Tortilla as a starter, which is basically a sour tomato soup served with cream and avocado with strips of tortilla. You mix it together bit by bit and eat. Delicious. The soft tacos as a starter are quite nice and there are a variety of fillings available.
Molcajete is probably the principle dish on the menu, but I've not tried it yet (which looks to be very popular), but I'd definitely recommend the Mole Poblano, succulent chicken breast (boiled I think) smothered in a chocolate mole, with rice and refried beans. I have had an issue with the Mole Poblano on occasion where the standard sometimes slips and the chicken breast has been overcooked and the mole not as tasty/spicy as normal.
The Mole Verde is quite tasty, but not fantastic.
The desserts are very good, the Crepas de Cajeta seem to be actually made with arequipe/dulce de leche not caramel (which is quite a big bonus for me).
They also offer a Sunday brunch menu which I've not yet tried, but it does include pericos aka huevos a la Mexicana which are a favourite of mine (basically scrambled eggs with spring onions, tomato, onion and chile).
The location is a bit out of the way, but the restaurant itself is quite contemporary looking and modern, the service is usually decent, but not standout and sometimes a bit unfriendly.
The great thing about Mestizo is the diversity of food available, I highly recommend this restaurant and indeed, I look forward to experimenting with new flavours on my future visits here.
The only reason that I don't give this place 5 stars is that it offers no dishes with cuitlacoche/huitlacoche (a favourite of mine) and the quality of food and service has been known to be a bit inconsistent.
- diverse and authentic food
- good cocktails
- nicely designed restaurant (recently renovated)
- service can be a bit inconsistent
- food can be inconsistent
- bit out of the way
On recommendation, and because it's close to a client's, I ventured, full of expectation, down the bleak hinterland of lower Hampstead Rd to find this restaurant. As I neared Mestizo, I saw a group of children in a nearby street throw a glass bottle into the busy road and then wait, watching for a blowout. "Mmm... " I thought. "Nice neighbourhood." This place must be great to get people to schlepp up here.
So, it turned out that although the food was good, it wasn't that good, and the service wasn't that bad - it was really bad.
Let's start with the food. The quesadillas had a strangely soft and spongy texture, unlike the folded corn or wheat tortilla versions you'd probably be used to. In one of them, the mashed chicken filling was cold. Not lukewarm - cold. It was a first date, I didn't want to reveal myself as the fussy sod I am, so let it slide. Mistake #1. These soft quesadumplings were surprisingly filling, it was pretty late, so we opted to share a main - the signature Molcajete.
We explained to the waiter that we were pretty full and would just share a single main course. It's more-or-less a tapas joint, anyway, so this is comme il faut. When it arrived, a half-hour later, we'd already watched, enviously, the dish brought to other tables - the large, deep stone bowl and contents receiving a warm welcome on their arrival.
The reason for the half-hour wait was that the waiter, whose English was just around beginner's level, had misunderstood what we said and thought that the quesadillas were enough. Nobody, during our half-hour wait, had thought to drop by and say "would you like something else" or "everything OK?" Mildly embarrassed on discovering his mistake, the waiter ordered the dish and it arrived within five minutes.
Did the waiter say "oh, I'm really sorry - let me get you a drink. What would you like?" You guessed it, dear reader, he didn't. We let that slide, too, both of us too eager to appear easygoing. We ate the Molcajete, but the slightly sour taste left by the nonchalant waiter had, by this time, somewhat spoiled the food itself. A note, when ordering the dish. The stone bowl is mostly made of stone, and the part that contains food is around 2/3 of a dessert-spoon deep. So, don't be disappointed.
The bill eventually arrived. This was also delayed because someone else, who'd not been charged for their juice or something, had to be hauled back from the kerb to pay. For a glass of cranberry juice, a mixed fruit cocktail, two glasses of wine, four quesadillas and a bowl of stew, we paid £46. I was somewhat surprised to see we'd been charged for the extra tortillas we'd needed for the Molcajete, but I realised that trying to explain why this wasn't so appropriate, in light of the rest of our dining experience, would be an utter waste of time.
I'd recommend this place for diners who:
a) are really too drunk to care
b) are really too rich " "
c) are really too Spanish to be misunderstood when ordering food.
Try Wahaca. A friend of mine said that it's not as "authentic" but you'll get fed on time, I suspect and, chances are, your waiter may look you in the eye when he's taking your order.
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